The famous line said by Ben Franklin, renowned US Historian, “an ounce of prevention is better than an ounce of cure” is probably related to the checkup of your home plumbing system. The dignified way that Big Ben said that timeless quote indicated that it is possible for you to avoid an emergency plumbing call. You can do it by conducting routine checkups and maintenance work on your pipeline and the various electrical appliances in your house. You can see its resemblance to a doctor’s visit. A lot of people try to put off coming to the doctor out of fear of what they will find out. Plumbing inspections are also like that since you might have sleepless nights once you find out what the technician will discover. But then, it also has its bright side. Finding a potential issue with your system early on will give you ample time to work on it and fix it. You will be able to impede a major disaster by doing so.
Home leaks are bothersome to many people, but a lot of homeowners have a habit of overlooking it, or even totally ignore it. After all, a lot of home insurance policies cover leaks that turn out to be a major home disaster. But there is a catch though. You will probably not get even a single dollar for a major leaky situation at your home once an insurance company discovers that you neglected an insignificant leak and let it develop into a major emergency plumbing case. And not only that, you end up wasting 14% of your home’s water supply when you neglect to address any plumbing leaks. The amount of water waste can even mount if you let the problem persist for long.
You can expect to have some leak issues as soon as you notice that your pipes start to corrode. You soon have to contend with a major emergency plumbing scenario if the leak persists. It can potentially damage your walls, carpets, and other personal belongings. You can rule out any pipe oxidation by taking a look at it to detect a change in color, or whether it starts to flake apart. If you want to replace your corroded pipes, the damaged area needs to be cut away with a blow torch and a new piece will be soldered in its place. You have to contend with oxidation with the passage of time. However, it is still necessary to determine its cause to rule out potentially disastrous issues.
ISSUES WITH YOUR TOILET
Your home’s toilet is probably the most exploited component of your home’s plumbing system. A plumbing emergency call is inevitable if your toilet is full of blockage and clogs. It can get pretty messy and downright disgusting. You might flood and destroy the other rooms below your bathroom too. You can try various DIY remedies to fix your toilet and get it back running and in excellent condition, you still need to be observant and be on the look-out for any potential problems. Your surprise will be evident that aside from maintaining the integrity of your toilet, you also end up with lower energy bills as well. For example, you can expect to have a higher water bill by the end of the month if your toilet is past the appropriate water level. You also have to deal with cracks that might develop on your toilet’s exterior, or leaks might break around your unit’s bolts. Over time, you can expect that issues like these will only worsen. Make it a point to check regularly the rear of your toilet’s tank to get a visual of everything and ensure it is in tiptop shape.
ISSUES WITH THE WATER HEATER
Another potential headache in your home pertains to your water heater. You might require not just your typical emergency plumbing visit if that’s the case. If you do not make an effort to check your pressure fueled tank from time to time, it can become your home’s ticking time bomb. Ensure that the pressure release valve of the water heater, on its top or its side, is working perfectly. And while you are at it, take a look at the tank to check for any signs of corrosion on its bottom part. Also check the connections at the top to secure that there is no rust forming or any signs of oxidation. If you are not aware of it yet, your water needs some flushing at least once a year to make sure that there is no grime build up and will eventually hamper the flow of water.
There are some homeowners that will not consider a gradually dripping faucet to be an emergency plumbing concern until they receive their monthly water bill. The amount of water lost every month depends on the severity of the drip. You’ll end up squandering away gallons of water if you let the drip go on for the rest of the year. Imagine the amount of wasted water over a period of five years. The bright side in this annoying issue is that drips are fairly easy to remedy. You’ll be dealing more with your actual unit rather than working on the pipeline. All faucets come with a tiny rubber washer that is prone to getting cracks or can fall apart and necessitate a replacement. At times, buying a new faucet will benefit you more despite its strain on your wallet. You can slowly get a return on your investment from your water bill savings.
DAMAGE TO THE WALL
While you are inspecting your home plumbing system, make it a habit to check the walls as well. You usually overlook this simple task, so you fail to immediately observe any signs of moisture. Wet walls signify that there are internal leaks. It can cost you a lot of money and might have some adverse effect on you and your family’s health. It is common knowledge that leaks promote the growth of moisture that will in turn establish the growth of mold and mildew. As a result, it can be another cause of pollution inside your home and disperse allergens that will influence your breathing and affect your lung’s health. Mold will spread and be the culprit for your itchy eyes and inflamed sinuses and can even deteriorate the studs on your walls. Having wet walls will not alarm you right away and make you call for an emergency plumbing service. Unfortunately, you’ll soon have visitors having allergy attacks and breathing problems while inside your home. This simple issue can turn out into a real disaster.
Being able to perfect the skill of inspecting your home and ticking off all the items on the checklist, you can finally forego calling the emergency plumbing for service. It is also wise and practical for you to do this practice as well in other areas of your home. It will not take you long to inspect and rule out that all your outlets and wires at home are functional, check the roof shingles, the siding, and the rest of its parts are secure. Also observe your home’s foundation if there are any cracks in it. No matter how cliché it may seem, listen to Ben Franklin’s advice to save money in the long term.